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2008-07-05 21:00:01

RALEIGH, N.C. _ Jesse Helms will probably be remembered as one of the leading figures in the rise of the Republican Party in the South _ a person who helped move conservative Democrats to the GOP, according to historians and political experts who watched his career. To some, Helms is a figure out of the old cotton South _ a figure like South Carolina Sen. Strom Thurmond or Alabama Gov. George Wallace _ best known for eliciting rebel yells for his unstinting opposition to the civil rights...

2006-06-16 08:58:22

By Thomas Ferraro WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate, dubbed "the world's most exclusive club," is also one of the most elderly, with more than a third of its 100 members at or well past 65 with no plans to leave anytime soon. While most elderly Americans are retiring, senior senators still wield considerable power, tackling tough issues from war to taxes, some more effectively than others. "Some of these old people are probably wonderfully wise and some of them, maybe, should...

2006-06-12 15:30:34

By Thomas Ferraro WASHINGTON (Reuters) - With bipartisan praise, Robert Byrd became the longest serving U.S. senator on Monday -- 48 years after first being elected to the chamber from the mountains of West Virginia. A half dozen of Byrd's colleagues -- Republicans and fellow Democrats -- used such words as "national treasure," "a true Senate icon," and a "great friend" in the Senate in saluting the 88-year-old lawmaker, who listened and then left without giving a speech of his...

2006-01-17 12:36:40

PASCAGOULA, Mississippi (Reuters) - U.S. Sen. Trent Lott of Mississippi announced on Tuesday he will run for a fourth term in November, raising the possibility he may also try to win back a spot in the Senate's Republican leadership. "I am going to ask the people to re-elect me," Lott, 64, told a news conference. There had been speculation that Lott, who lost a home in Hurricane Katrina, would retire. Lott, 64, was forced to step aside as Senate Republican leader three years ago,...


Word of the Day
mallemaroking
  • Nautical, the visiting and carousing of sailors in the Greenland ships.
This word is apparently from a confusion of two similar Dutch words: 'mallemerok,' a foolish woman, and 'mallemok,' a name for some persons among the crew of a whaling vessel.